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Will fifth in Premier League qualify for Champions League? How Liverpool could help Man Utd

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It all comes down to coefficient points - effectively UEFA's way of determining which leagues are doing the best across all their tournaments.

Points are handed out for wins and draws, effectively pitting the leagues against each other, and the picture will change again this week with the knockout stages in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League all beginning.



This year England began with eight teams in European football - four in the Champions League, three in the Europa League and one in the Europa Conference League.



Each nation will fancy themselves to rack up sufficient coefficient points to put them in the top two spots required to land an extra team in the Champions League



The curve ball

One issue is that some teams - albeit not the English ones - will play the knockout playoff round in the Europa League and the Europa Conference League this week and next.

So while you gain more bonus points for winning a group - something Liverpool, West Ham and Brighton did in the Europa League, and Aston Villa did in the Conference League - rather than finishing second, the runners-up are capable of adding greater points because they will feature in the knockout playoff round, whilst all group winners go straight into the last 16.

To make it real, Europa League group winners get four bonus points, and the runners-up get two bonus points.

Basic points

2 - win

1 - win in qualifying and play-off matches

1 - draw

0.5 - draws in qualifying and play-off matches

Champions League bonus points

4 - Group stage participation

5 - Round of 16

1 - QF, SF, final

Europa League bonus points

4 - Group winners

2 - Group runners-up

1 - Round of 16, QF, SF, final

Europa Conference League bonus points

2 - Group winners

1 - Group runners-up

1 - SF, final

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